Son jailed after keeping dad’s dead body in house

Christopher Blackburn has been jailed for three years after he did not report the death of his father
Christopher Blackburn has been jailed for three years after he did not report the death of his father
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A man who did not report the death of his dad for nearly five months and claimed his benefit payments has been jailed for three years.

Police found the body of Guy Blackburn, 54, on a bed in the living room of his home in Alderfield, Penwortham, last March after neighbours raised concerns.

His son, Christopher, 29, had been living at the house alongside the body but kept quiet about the death of his father from natural causes.

He was sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday where Anthony Russell QC described it as “callous and disturbing”.

He was jailed for three years for failing to report the death, with a four month sentence for theft to run concurrently.